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French MPs set to approve contested ban on paying for sex
French MPs set to approve contested ban on paying for sex

French lawmakers are looking to outlaw sex for money and impose fines of up to 3,500 euros on prostitutes' clients.

French MPs set to approve contested ban on paying for sex
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Ukraine adds Russian oil import ban to growing trade war

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk intends to introduce a ban on oil product imports from Russia.

Ukraine adds Russian oil import ban to growing trade war
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Kazakhstan bans smartphones for police, civil servants

Kazakhstan is set to enforce a ban on smartphones in the workplace for police and government workers in an effort to prevent information leaks, according to a document that was itself leaked,

Kazakhstan bans smartphones for police, civil servants
70,000 sign petition to ban Trump from Britian
70,000 sign petition to ban Trump from Britian

Over 70,000 people sign a petition to ban Donald Trump from entering Britain after his call to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

70,000 sign petition to ban Trump from Britian
Journalist Sergei Dorenko. ©RIA Novosti
Ukraine bans dozens of 'fascist' Russian books

Kiev's public relations war with Moscow scaled new heights as Ukraine released a list of prominent Russian reporters and authors whose books will be banned from sale.

Ukraine bans dozens of 'fascist' Russian books
Ukraine bans Putin buddy Depardieu for five years
Ukraine bans Putin buddy Depardieu for five years

Ukraine said it had blacklisted French film star and newly minted Russian national Gerard Depardieu in apparent retribution for reportedly refusing to recognise the independence of the former Soviet state.

Ukraine bans Putin buddy Depardieu for five years
Disney bans selfie sticks over safety fears
Disney bans selfie sticks over safety fears

Disney became the latest major tourism operator to ban selfie sticks as part of a growing backlash against the extendable devices.

Disney bans selfie sticks over safety fears
European parliament hits back at Russia blacklist
European parliament hits back at Russia blacklist

European parliament head Martin Schulz said the Russian ambassador to the EU was barred access to the institution in retribution for a travel ban imposed by Moscow.

European parliament hits back at Russia blacklist
Russian FM dimisses 'absurdity' of EU anger over entry bans
Russian FM dimisses 'absurdity' of EU anger over entry bans

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed the "absurdity" of EU complaints over a travel ban imposed by Moscow on 89 Europeans over the Ukraine crisis.

Russian FM dimisses 'absurdity' of EU anger over entry bans
Ukraine president enacts controversial laws banning Soviet symbols
Ukraine president enacts controversial laws banning Soviet symbols

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday enacted laws banning Soviet symbols and communist-era propaganda, his office said.

Ukraine president enacts controversial laws banning Soviet symbols
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Ban of Russian fuel will not cause deficit in Kazakhstan: KazMunaiGas

Kazakhstan has introduced a 45-day ban on import of fuel from Russia. Some are worried that this will be the beginning of a new fuel deficit in the Central Asian economy. KazMunaiGas has a different view.

Ban of Russian fuel will not cause deficit in Kazakhstan: KazMunaiGas
EU announces aid to pork industry hit by Russian ban
EU announces aid to pork industry hit by Russian ban

European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan announced measures to raise pork prices to help the industry hit by a Russian embargo.

EU announces aid to pork industry hit by Russian ban
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Kazakhstan may restrict Russian imports: media

Media reports suggest that Kazakhstan may resort to restricting Russian imports due to the pressure its domestic market from the significantly cheaper products offered by its Northern neighbour.

Kazakhstan may restrict Russian imports: media
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Russia's cheap gas may shut down Kazakhstani oil refineries: Minister of Energy

Cheap gas from Russia can put a stop to the work of Kazakhstan’s oil refineries.

Russia's cheap gas may shut down Kazakhstani oil refineries: Minister of Energy
China city bans Christmas in schools, warns over 'Western' culture
China city bans Christmas in schools, warns over 'Western' culture

A Chinese city has banned schools from holding Christmas events, highlighting official suspicions about the increasingly popular festival because of its foreign origins.

China city bans Christmas in schools, warns over 'Western' culture
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Kazakhstan mulls ban on energy drinks

Kazakhstan may introduce a ban on energy drinks.

Kazakhstan mulls ban on energy drinks
UK's Cameron vows benefits ban to curb EU migration
UK's Cameron vows benefits ban to curb EU migration

British Prime Minister will promise to ban migrants from the European Union claiming welfare for their first four years in a drive to slash immigration.

UK's Cameron vows benefits ban to curb EU migration
Netherlands bans poultry transport after discovering bird flu
Netherlands bans poultry transport after discovering bird flu

Dutch officials banned the transport of poultry in the Netherlands after the discovery of a highly infectious strain of bird flu which could jump to humans.

Netherlands bans poultry transport after discovering bird flu
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Iran's Internet police warn govt of Instagram ban

A body tasked with policing the Internet laid down a two-month deadline for Iran's government to regularise the use of Instagram or access to the site would be blocked.

Iran's Internet police warn govt of Instagram ban
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Russia cannot limit food transit from EU to Kazakhstan: Vice Minister of National Economy

Russia may try to impose limitations on food transit from the European Union to Kazakhstan to prevent re-export of goods to Russia.

Russia cannot limit food transit from EU to Kazakhstan: Vice Minister of National Economy